KFFL.com's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft II brings you behind the scenes with each fantasy football pick. Who did each fantasy football expert consider? What do they need the selected player to accomplish on the fantasy football field to make the pick a success? Tune in for each round and find out! Along the way, we welcome you to share your thoughts on each selection and each fantasy football team as they develop!
Reason: Rice is another receiver entering his third year, and according to reports he has shown a remarkable improvement. Last year a PCL injury destroyed his season, but he's worked with Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald and retired wideout Cris Carter this offseason. Both players have pushed him. Many forget Rice was a project coming out of college and despite the team drafting Percy Harvin, it takes a while to learn the offense, and I see Harvin used in specific situations while learning the offense. Finally, Rice is a red zone threat because of his leaping ability and hands. In fact, out of his 46 career receptions, eight have gone for touchdowns and last year out of his 15 receptions, four were for touchdowns. He's a great late-round flyer who I believe will surprise and finally show why the team took him in the second round three years ago.
Reason: I am not a huge fan of drafting guys who I know are injured, but this late in a draft I am willing to take a risk. Clayton's hamstring will have him on the shelf for four to six weeks, leaving his availability for Week 1 in doubt. I won't need him barring catastrophic injuries to my team, so taking a gamble on a guy who is in a contract year and has flashed big ability in spurts seemed like an appropriate gamble.
Reason: Frank Gore will be in the defensive crosshairs all season long. If he goes down, Coffee has the tenacity and confidence to at least perform respectably in his place. There are some questions about how successful he can be running inside in this offense if given the chance, but at this point of the draft, there is still undeniable upside with a pick like this one.
Reason: For my No. 5 WR, I went with a steady veteran who should get plenty of looks because of the attention that the running game and wide receiver Steve Smith garner. Muhsin doesn't have a ton of upside, but you know what you're going to get from him.
Reason: I considered taking another quarterback due to my bye week issues but eight weeks is ample time to address it. Enter Davis, who has impressed and could make a splash at some point this season considering the durability issues with starter Jamal Lewis (ankle). Forget Jerome Harrison; swing for the fences with Davis.
Reason: The sixth-year man from Ohio State has not lived up to his first-round billing, but he's a starter in an up-and-coming passing offense with signal caller Matt Ryan at the helm. Jenkins is likely to be a solid possession option for Ryan, even with Tony Gonzalez on board. Defenses will have their hands full with Gonzo, Roddy White and Michael Turner, which could leave the door open for the 6-foot-4 Jenkins to have his best season as a pro.
Reason: I need a decent backup since Warner is 39 and coming off a hip injury, but I love Rosenfels this year. He'll beat out Tarvaris Jackson to start no doubt and then operate with a great offensive line to keep him upright and a nice set of receivers with Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe. Oh yes, and defenses will already be freaked out playing against the run. (Editor's note: Rosenfels was taken before Brett Favre signed with the Vikings)
Reason: I like to grab a kicker and defense with my third-to-last and second-to-last selections so I can go in any direction and bottom feed with my last pick. Needing a kicker and a defense, I'll take the No. 1 kicker on my board. I expect the Patriots to score a lot and Gostkowski to get a lot of opportunity.
Reason: I was targeting the other backup Browns running back - James Davis - but Herbie stole him from under my nose! I needed another rusher, and I like Harrison's value in this PPR format. I see Eric Mangini using Harrison like he utilized Leon Washington last year, so I could have the occasional flex option on my hands.
Reason: Jennings may have slipped in the NFL Draft all the way to Round 7 but none of that matters once they put on the pads. Since OTAs, Jennings has been a man on a mission, impressing everyone who has seen him perform so far. He's the most likely RB to be the backup for Maurice Jones-Drew, a top-5 fantasy pick in most leagues, and the Jaguars are a run-first offense. Even if MJD is healthy all year, Jennings could get Fred Taylor-type touches and Jennings is one injury away from being the starter.
11) Dallas Cowboys team defense
Reason: This might be a homer pick. However, after watching the Cowboys defense practice for the last two weeks, they showed me that they were faster sideline to sideline then last season, they were reading the quarterback better, and really putting pressure on the QB.
Reason: Delhomme is a perfectly fine backup QB that I hope to only use when Aaron Rodgers is on bye in Week 7. Delhomme will play the Washington Redskins, and while the Skins have certainly upgraded their D over the offseason, playing against a unit that finished 29th in sacks in 2008 is something I'm comfortable with for my backup QB. Delhomme is highly likely to be throwing more this season and will probably outplay his current fantasy value.
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